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Doctor given 10 months' jail for molesting patient, appeals sentence

Winston Lee Siew Boon was given the sentence for molesting his female patient at a clinic in Bukit Batok in 2011.

SINGAPORE: A doctor was on Monday (May 26) given 10 months' jail for molesting his female patient at a clinic in Bukit Batok in 2011.

Winston Lee Siew Boon, 71, had touched the breast of his then-34-year-old patient while checking for flu-like symptoms on October 30, 2011. 

Lee's lawyers told District Judge Lim Tse Haw they will appeal against the sentence, and successfully applied for Lee to be on bail. 

They argued Lee is unlikely to jump bail - which the judge set at S$15,000 - given his failing health, and that Lee has to care for his wife who has stroke. 

Earlier in court, Lee's lawyers had urged District Judge Lim for a non-jail term, given that Lee has high blood pressure and a heart condition. 

But the judge said ill health cannot be a mitigating factor, unless it is under extreme conditions such as terminal cancer. 

District Judge Lim added he is confident facilities in the prisons are adequate in managing Lee's condition. 

In passing the sentence, District Judge Lim said doctors are held in high regard in society because of their special skills. It is because of this high regard that patients allow doctors to touch their bodies so as to get treatment. 

But District Judge Lim said when this "sacrosanct trust" is abused, the court will have to send a clear and deterrent message. 

Lee could have been jailed a maximum of two years, fined and caned. He was spared the cane as he is above the age of 50. 

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